Sheet Music for Violin and Other String Instruments
By Helen Baxter
The violin is a bowed stringed instrument and is the highest pitched member of the violin family. It sits along side its cousins – the other members of the violin family – the viola, cello, and double bass.
The bow of the violin is a narrow, slightly incurved stick of Pernambuco about 75 cm long, with a band of horsehair stretched from end to end of the bowstick. The violin has four strings tuned a fifth apart, to the notes G, D, A, and E.
On early violins the strings were of pure gut. Today they may be of gut, gut wound with aluminum or silver, steel, or perlon.
Sheet music for the violin is often provided to students by the conductors of their orchestras or their private teachers who wish to learn to play this fine instrument.
For players who aren’t officially students anywhere, however, there are a wide variety of sources from which to obtain sheet music. Very recently, the internet may actually have surpassed music stores as the best place to find new pieces to play.
An enormous variety of violin sheet music is available for free download from the Internet. Violin players of any skill level should be able to locate the sheet music they want online, and in some cases, even for free.
Sheet music can be free to share online if two qualifications are met. First, it must be seventy years or more since the piece was composed; after this amount of time, creative works enter the public domain.
Specific editions of a work can still be protected by copyright, however, as editors and arrangers maintain their own copyrights over versions they have created.
Digital sheet music is available for a wide variety of genres, so if you’re playing on your own, you won’t have any restrictions on the type of music you work on.
There is certainly a great deal of classical sheet music – violin and other stringed instruments similarly, available online, and you might want to try some of the pieces that are considered great classics. If they are really not your preferred style, however, you can find anything from pop to jazz to bluegrass fiddle parts.
Some of the most popular selections of sheet music – violin are, in fact, for pop and rock songs. Take, for example, the Dave Matthews Band, who gave a global fan base for their unique sound which prominently features the violin. If you want to learn Boyd Tinsley’s parts, you can search the internet for legitimate copies of the sheet music to purchase.
Another time when it can be great to have the option to find sheet music for the violin online is if you are listening to a piece and you want to be able to refer to the score.
Even someone who can’t play the Sibelius violin concerto himself may be able to read or understand a musical score well enough to benefit from looking at the music while listening to the piece. This can enrich the listening experience of anyone with a musical background, as well as helping you build your own reading ability in ways that ultimately benefit your playing.